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Every Student Succeeds Act needs EdTech to close Achievement Gaps

by Gary Kaplan, JFYNetWorks Executive Director

The new federal education law, the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” reverses 15 years of movement toward national standards and assessments with a Jeffersonian devolution of power to the states. The federal retreat had already been well underway as state after state abandoned the two national testing consortia and some repudiated the Common Core curriculum standards. Now that the federal government has finalized the return to state control over educational standards—the status quo ante No Child Left Behind– perhaps attention can be focused on the underlying issue: how to close the persistent gaps in international rankings, college readiness and minority achievement that still blemish the nation’s report card.

$1 Million of College Savings for Students

One million dollars.

That’s how much JFYNetWorks has saved college-bound students.

How? By helping them build the skills to meet college entry requirements. Our high school-based blended learning programs have helped thousands of students improve their skills and eliminate over 2000 remedial college courses. The savings in tuition and fees have now passed the one million dollar mark.

A million dollars. The idea has deep American resonance. No amount of inflation can dim the luster of its gold-rush gleam.

Today’s gold rush is college. A two-year degree is worth $300,000 more in lifetime earnings than a high school diploma. A four-year degree gains $800,000.

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On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

College is not just an option anymore—it is a necessity. College graduates get hired more easily and earn much more than non-graduates. The gap has been widening for decades with the college advantage trending steadily upward. Within a few years, over 70% of jobs will require at least a two-year degree.

JFYNetWorks has the online blended learning tools to better prepare our high school students for college Readiness.

'Pre-medial' Education: Heading Off the Need for Remedial Coursework in College

This piece was originally published on EDWeek.com’s Blog 11/6/15
By guest blogger Caralee J. Adams

Washington

High School Principal Damon Smith feels responsible for his graduates beyond the time they leave his building. And he doesn’t want the likelihood of their success in higher education to be a mystery until they take a placement test the fall of their freshman year in college.

At Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Mass., teachers and counselors look closely at students whose test scores and grades as underclassmen indicate they might not be on track. Then, in 11th or 12th grades they are given the ACCUPLACER tests that community colleges use to gauge readiness for college-level work in math, reading, and writing.

JFYNet Program Prepares Students for College and Career

JFYNet Program Prepares Students for College and Career

by Cathie Maglio, Blended Learning SPECIALIST
As a Blended Learning Specialist at JFYNetWorks, I go into schools and work with teachers in their classes to prepare students for college, a career, or the military by strengthening their skills in math and reading.

The JFYNet program consists of administering diagnostic assessments to measure each student’s skill gaps and then assigning an online instructional curriculum to respond to the identified needs. We use the same assessments and placement levels that community colleges use as our standard. After all that is done my job is to monitor online activity and work with the teacher to make sure that each student is making the most progress possible. I do that by visiting the school on a regular basis and communicating with teachers via email between visits.

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Discovering Lowell in Cambodia by Michelle Ciccone

by Michelle Ciccone | JFYNetWorks Blended Learning SPECIALIST

In July I travelled to Vietnam and Cambodia for two weeks. It was a great visit crammed with amazing experiences. I learned how to cross the swarming streets of the Old Quarter in Hanoi: go slow and steady and the zig-zagging traffic will deftly maneuver around you. I sailed through Halong Bay, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. I walked among the 1,000 year old ruins of Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei and dozens of other temples. I ate delicious and unfamiliar street food in Phnom Penh and relaxed on the Cambodian coast in a Khmer bungalow.

Southeast Asia is a voluptuous feast for the senses, but a visit to the region also demands attention to its tragic recent history. The first thing any cab driver in Phnom Penh will ask is, “Have you been to the killing fields?”

Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Tips for Building a Digital Citizenship Curriculum

by Michelle Ciccone | Blended Learning SPECIALIST

This year, JFYNetWorks worked with Revere High School to develop and implement a digital citizenship curriculum within the school’s civics class. Our blog post back in May explained why we believe it’s important for schools to address issues of digital citizenship. Digital citizenship includes a lot of really important things, like teaching students to vet and analyze information found on the Internet; to treat with respect other members of the online communities they take part in; and to use digital tools to actively engage with 21st century civic institutions. Schools consider numeracy and literacy essential to preparing young people for success in life. In our digital age, isn’t digital citizenship essential as well?